Insomnia causing sleepless nights, daytime fatigue and poor health outcomes is a cycle worth busting, experts say, with depression, anxiety and stress a common co-occurrence.
A study of more than 450 insomnia patients in Australia has confirmed some positive results for such patients with insomnia.
The Flinders University researchers found not only that a program of targeted cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia help relieve insomnia — but also has a positive effect on symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress.
“With COVID-19 and many other stressors in life, treating the worst effects of insomnia may have a transformative effect on a person’s wellbeing, mental health and lifestyle,” says lead researcher Dr Alexander Sweetman, from Flinders University’s sleep research clinic, the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health.
“We studied the impact of depression, anxiety, and stress on response to CBTi, in 455 ‘real world’ insomnia patients, from pre-treatment to three-month follow-up,” Dr Sweetman